BGU's Dr. Ayelet Harel Shalev will be the 2018 recipient of the AIS - Israel Institute Young Scholars Award. The prize is given jointly by AIS and the Israel Institute to researchers under the age of 45 who have made a unique and significant contribution to Israel Studies.
The international academic committee, noted that both the wide range of Harel Shalev's scholarship, its global dimension, and how innovative her contributions have been to the field of Israel Studies. For the excellence of her work and its importance to the field of Israel Studies, the Association is bestows this distinguished award to Harel Shalev.
The award will be presented at the AIS annual conference in Berkeley, California in late June.
Harel Shalev is the chair of BGU's Conflict Management and Resolution Program. She is also a member of the I-CORE Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-religious Encounters and affiliated faculty in the Department of Politics and Government.
Her research is at the intersection of Politics, Conflict Studies and Feminist International Relations. Particularly, her research interests and publication focus on Critical Security Studies; Ethnic Conflicts and Democracy; Minority Rights; Religion and Politics; Feminist Theories; and Women in the military.
She is the author of The Challenge of Sustaining Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies: Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield - Lexington Press, 2010; and co-editor of Affect, Interest, and Political Entrepreneurs in Ethnic and Religious Conflicts. New-York & London: Routledge, 2018 (with Arthur Stein). Harel Shalev won the 2017 Glatt teaching award for the 10 best professors at Ben-Gurion University.